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Owl's wisdom by Manwathiell Owl's wisdom by Manwathiell

Did I mention I love owls?
Well, I DO !!
:iconyesyesyesplz:


A long time ago, I saw a black and white drawing on a journal showing two owls on a branch and the other one hanging with the "Nobody's Perfect" sign. Of course, I fell in love with it and back in 1978 I did a pyrography on wood that I still have in my house, hanging on a wall and I uploaded it to my scraps long ago: [link]

It took me forever to finish it. I was never satisfied, I always had to change something, and on the last two days I modified a lot.
If you want to know some of the steps you can go on reading. There are notes that explain partly. Feel free to ask and I will answer!

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Enjoy! :wave::icondeathhugplz:

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CREDITS


Desert: [link] by :iconmammothhunter:
NOT STOCK (used with permission)

Mountains: [link] by :iconthe-alyshleigh-stock:

Moon: [link] by :iconbull53y3:

Cloud: handpainted and beveled!! :clap:



Additional Cacti:

:bulletred:---> (All cacti were isolated, rotated, warped and liquified. I added, removed resized and painted over some branches. Shadows and lights were added, as well as ground shadows. I wanted lots of cacti!! :lol: )
[link] :iconthe-alyshleigh-stock: [link] and [link] :iconalbastock: [link] :icondesert-stock:


Black plants: [link] :iconlill-stock:


Drawing references used:

1) Beak:
:bulletred: ---> I used the transparency layer of this image and drew over it, then made a different copy for each owl and modified the beak forms and lights (different colors and shapes). Difficult to see on a small view, but on the original they look pretty nice! I might upload some closeups later.
[link] :iconfantasystock:


2) Owl Feathers:
:bulletred: ---> My first attempts were discouraging. Then I searched owls and studied their feathers. I downloaded several images and finally kept these as reference for colors and shapes. :aww:


[link] :iconkevlewis: [link] :iconvicissitude-stock: [link] :iconceliac: [link] :iconkhaosdog:



3) Cow Skull

:bulletred: ---> Itīs modified and there's nothing left of the original. However, I want to mention this resource as the reference used to paint.
[link] :iconsalsolastock:



Textures overlay on tree:

:bulletred:---> I used the tree bark textures magnified, cut, rotated, warped and liquified. Then, I used the eraser to darken bark areas and airbrushing for light and shadows. I also used a beveling effect.
[link] :iconfantasystock: [link] :iconhanratty-stock:



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My special thanks to Glenn - :iconmammothhunter: - for his kindness in letting me use his image. The original he has is MUCH nicer. I had to change it.

I recommend visiting his gallery. He has stunning desert photos with sunsets that are to sigh about and desert flowers that one would never think exist, landscapes, lightnings... :thumbsup:



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I would really appreciate critique of artists who know about painting and airbrushing, if they ever get to see this work. Maybe there are constructive critiques that can help me improve. Thanks a lot in advance!

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:iconpepita75:
PEPITA75 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
really cute...i love it!Heart 
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:iconansdesign:
ansdesign Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it!!! :heart:
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:iconelectric-empire:
Electric-Empire Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
daww I love the upsidedown owl ^^ so cute!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Isn't she? :love:
Thank you for leaving a comment!! :huggle:
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:iconelectric-empire:
Electric-Empire Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :tighthug:
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:iconarchie-91:
archie-91 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
oh my... what a cute owl hangin there... i love your owls!! <3
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
You made me smile, so GLAD you liked them! I worked on them like... forever!! :laughing: :aww:
Thank you so much!
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:iconsesam-is-open:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
:iconnewheartplz:Permanently featured on my main page.:iconflowersplz:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
:aww: I feel honored, thank you so much !!! :huggle:
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:iconsesam-is-open:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
It was a real pleasure, my dear Manny!:heart::hug:
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:icongladosnivy:
GLaDOSnivy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
i love owls!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
:iconyesyesyesplz:
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:iconsilentwolf94:
SilentWolf94 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this and I LOVE owls!!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
That makes two of us (well, some more :laughing:)
Owls are sooooooo special, right?

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:iconinkeriart:
Inkeriart Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so wonderful, I totally love it :)!!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thank you so much! :aww: I appreciate your comment!!
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:iconmedricht:
medricht Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
This is the cutest piece I've seen regarding owls!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
:aww: Well, I'm speechless... and so honored!
Thank you so much !! :huggle:
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:iconpaulasee:
paulasee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011   Writer
beautiful!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
:heart: So happy you enjoyed it!! :blowkiss:
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:iconredwolf518:
redwolf518 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured your wonderful artwork! Here [link]
Happy days to you!
:icongrin--plz:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Gosh, I feel so embarrassed!
Been absent for so long, too busy with that group last year (closed now!)...
Let me try to find that journal (the link goes to the current one, but I'm
checking the one dated December 13th!!!)

Thank you SOOOOOO much!!

:blowkiss:
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:iconredwolf518:
redwolf518 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't be embarrassed for having a life! :D I'm just glad to feature your art. Cheers!!!
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:iconsesam-is-open:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I just love it!:iconwhiteroseplz:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
:heart: So glad you do!! I love owls... :love:
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:iconsesam-is-open:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Me too!:hug::icontruesmiles:
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:icontricias:
TriciaS Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Fabulous owls.....such atmospheric colours...a beautiful composition.....fun.....and I just love it!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Hahaha! I am such a fan of owls... this took me MONTHS
to finish! I cannot believe how much time... but I enjoyed
every second!

So glad you liked it !! :aww::tighthug:
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:iconhcwalsh:
HCWalsh Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
It took me a while to really figure out what I liked about this~ It isn't just that it is ssooooo adorable (which it is) but I also love how the place looks so peaceful~:love:

I really like the greenish blue mountains in the distance and the soft moon's glow on the tree that the owls are on~ The addition of the little red flowers and the lone skull adds so much to the atmosphere~ As for the owls... well I just adore them~ They are cute and the feathers look perfect~:D

Over all looking at this picture just makes me smile~:)
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
:heart: I was so happy to read your comment, you paint so beautifully that
the fact that my work was appealing to you is an honor! :hug:

I had done this on wood (pyrography) a long time ago and it's hanging at home,
so I thought of doing a color version for dA and it took me months, but I
enjoyed every minute of it :awww:!

They make me smile, too... it's nice to know it made you smile as well!!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me...!
:heart::wave:
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:iconhcwalsh:
HCWalsh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
It really is wonderful, and thank you for that complement~:giggle: That means a lot to me~:aww:

I know I saw the one in wood~:D it's just as cute~ I could totally see having that hanging in my house~ so I understand why you would want to do even more with it~:)
I really like the message on it too~:hug:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
:lol: That message is really cool :aww: and so true!!!

Carving in wood is amazing and fun. You just need to have
the equipment (not too expensive) and do a drawing first
(pencil) then just follow the lines and select burning
intensity for lights and shadows ;)

You would have fun! :heart:
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:iconhcwalsh:
HCWalsh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Yeah~:w00t:

Hmmm... I remember doing something like that in junior high~ I did a picture of one of my Neopets at the time~:XD: It wasn't really well done but I had fun~:D We actually sell the tools at my work (as I work in a craft store)~ So maybe I will pick it up sometime and try it out~:dance:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Oh yes, please do !!

And if you do, take a photo and let me see it!!! :clap:

(It must be amazingly beautiful to work on a craft store!!!!)

:love:
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:iconhcwalsh:
HCWalsh Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
oh yes thats some thing eles I can try~:iconsingingbirdplz: I have to wait untill I have some money to buy what I need tho~:XD: I'll show you when I do try it~:D

(It's fun having all the crafty stuff around me~:XD:)
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Hahaha! I can imagine!
It's like a candy store for a child! :laughing::eager:
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:iconkeeper-of-innocence:
keeper-of-innocence Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
very cute
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
:aww:
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:icontheredridinghood:
TheRedRidingHood Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Manny featured again in Marvelousmanips is NOW a Supergroup news article.
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
:tighthug: How can I thank you for your friendship, dear Peppe!!! :icontardglompplz:
I left a comment there for you!

:wave::heart:
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:icontheredridinghood:
TheRedRidingHood Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:

It's me to have a debt to you.

I owe you so much!
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:aww: You owe me NOTHING!!! :hug:
All I did, I did with most pleasure! :heart:
There are no debts among friends... :blowkiss:

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AliciaBel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
haha! Very nice. :aww:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
:tighthug: Your comment is beautiful... love that reaction!
Simple, yet expressive!!!

:wave:
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Linden-Oak Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
:heart::clap:
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:iconpieces-of-my-heart:
Pieces-Of-My-Heart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Absolutely gorgeous :love:
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:iconmanwathiell:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
:huggle: Thank you !!!
This took me MONTHS (literally)!

:heart::blowkiss:
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:icontheredridinghood:
TheRedRidingHood Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Manny. This copy is different from the one I have ;-)
Maybe you updated it.
your wonderful artwork has been featured in my Digital - part II journal entry.

Bye.
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